August

Every first Wednesday of the month, alternative cinema enthusiasts in Johannesburg are treated to a host of local and indie films at Atlas Studios in Milpark. It’s an opportunity to watch films not found on the main cinema circuit.

Organisers of the second annual Jozi Film Festival, set for 15 to 17 February 2013, are inviting Johannesburg and Gauteng filmmakers to submit movies that tell stories about the city and its inhabitants. The deadline for submissions is 16 November 2012.

The White Picket Fence Project, an inspiring South African-US documentary coproduction in which two young men from different continents filmed their own coming-of-age story over seven years, has won a major award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

The Tri Continental Film Festival, the largest festival of human rights cinema in Africa, will take place from 7 to 23 September in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria and Soweto at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau.

The status of women in film and television will be explored on Friday 31 August at the Gauteng Women In Film and Television Partnership Seminar, an event supported by the Gauteng Film Commission and National Film and Video Foundation.

The third and final edition of this year’s Out In Africa South African Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will take place from 19th to 27th October 2012 at the Nu Metro V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and Nu Metro Hyde Park in Johannesburg.

South African independent television news network eNews Channel Africa, formerly known as eNews Channel, has gone global, offering UK viewers African news coverage and content through the Sky pay-TV platform.

Got an idea for a killer feature film but need some help with production? Fineline Productions is calling on black filmmakers to submit narrative feature projects with a strong commercial bent, especially in the genres of action adventure, drama, romance, comedy or thriller.

A new initiative by the Afrika Culture and Development Club, the Films Club Project, aims to bring film’s power for problem-solving, upliftment and social change to the broader community, particularly young people.

Ochre Moving Pictures is producing a series of 10 budget films of broadcast duration. Conceptually driven, each story will be stand alone, and is contained entirely within a single location. Writers will need to contribute their voices, experiences and strong narrative ability to the series.

The South Africa-Canada co-production Winnie, Darrell Roodt’s highly anticipated biopic of struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has been selected as the opening film for the eighth Montreal International Black Film Festival on 19 September.

At a glittering ceremony held on Wednesday 1 August, the Gauteng Film Commission launched Women’s Month in style and announced four successful projects that will be supported during the first quarter of this financial year 2012/13.

A master class with French filmmaker Benoit Jacquot, director of Farewell, My Queen, will be held in Johannesburg on 9 August at 10h00 at AFDA Johannesburg, as part of the French Film Festival in South Africa.